Andrey Arshavin will reject approach from Anzhi and stay at Arsenal until the summer - agent

The 30-year-old forward is keen to prove his critics wrong, recover his form and fulfil his ambitions of winning trophies at the Emirates Stadium before departing
By Wayne Veysey | UK Correspondent

Andrey Arshavin is committed to staying at Arsenal until the summer and is not interested in joining moneybags Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala this month, his agent has told

Anzhi chiefs have made an approach to the Premier League club in an attempt to land the attacking midfielder for a cut-price fee before the Russian transfer window closes on February 24.

But Arshavin’s representative Phil Smith revealed that the Russia captain, who is contracted to Arsenal until June 2013, has no interest in a move before the end of the season.

“Andrey doesn’t think it is time to go back yet,” Smith told “He still feels he has a lot to do at Arsenal. He wants to win something, fulfil his ambitions and recover his form both for Arsenal and ahead of the European Championships.

“The Russia window lasts until 24th February and a guy representing Anzhi has made a tentative approach. But Andrey is not going to talk to the Russians because he doesn’t want to leave and Arsenal don’t want him to go, either. A lot depends on the summer.”

Arshavin has lost his regular place in the starting XI for Arsenal this season and his form has deteriorated so dramatically that he was jeered by home supporters at the Emirates Stadium when he came off the bench and replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester United 10 days ago.

The Russian, who usually plays on the left of Arsenal’s front three, has been far less productive than in his first two-and-a-half seasons at the club. He has scored only two goals this term, and only one in the league, which came against Swansea City in September.

Anzhi have identified the capture of proven and experienced Premier League stars as a key component in their quest to become a European superpower.

The club, who are bankrolled by billionaire businessman Suleyman Kerimov, have been sounding out a number of the established English elite about the potential availability of their players in the winter transfer window.